Jamie Carragher teared into the positioning of Tottenham’s midfield on Monday Night Football after the defeat at Arsenal, claiming ‘there’s less space on the moon!’
Tottenham had been 3-0 down inside 34 minutes at the Emirates, prompting supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo to carry off midfielder Dele Alli and Japhet Tanganga at half-time, and after the recreation claiming: “I won’t name individuals who didn’t play the game plan right but the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.”
But Carragher feels Nuno was equally culpable in the defeat, saying the midfield form from the first minute was like nothing he’d ever seen in his life.
Carragher mentioned: “I’ve been doing this show now for eight years. Whenever I see a performance like that, I always look at players first, as I have on this. I think managers often take too much criticism, and often it’s down to the players.
“There had been some stunning performances from Tottenham gamers, however I feel the supervisor was equally culpable on this end in how he arrange. When folks query a supervisor, we at all times hear: ‘There was no plan’ – however there’s at all times a plan at this degree in soccer. Wen you analyse it: I’m unsure how this plan was ever going to work.”
Carragher’s scathing evaluation confirmed how Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg had been miles aside from the first whistle of the north London derby, and claims that Spurs’ direct techniques had been by no means going to work.
“One minute into the recreation: Dele Alli, Ndombele and Hojbjerg are the midfield gamers, and they aren’t in midfield positions. The solely purpose you’d stand there [so far from the ball and midfield], is that if your supervisor has advised you to go there.
“They wanted to go direct, but who to? Even if you win the ball, you need someone behind you to pick up second balls, but Dele Alli was on the same line as Harry Kane!
“When you look at the space in midfield… I do not suppose I’ve ever seen something prefer it in my life.
“Where would you want them? Surely not there. There’s less space on the moon than what you see in that midfield for Tottenham. It’s actually unbelievable. The manager must have told them where to go: this is before the first goal. It was always going to happen.”
Thierry Henry mentioned the early blitz at the Emirates was partly right down to Arsenal’s high quality, in addition to Spurs’ woeful positioning.
“You talk about the moon Jamie, but [Arsenal’s second] was like the Champs-Élysées, the best avenue you can see. We talk about Spurs and what they did, but take nothing away from Bukayo Saka, and how they wanted to enter these areas. The desire was there right from the start.”
Spurs have now misplaced their final three in the Premier League, having gained their first three video games 1-0. Nuno can also be the first Spurs boss to lose as many as 4 instances in his opening 10 fixtures since Glen Hoddle again in 2001.
Having changed Jose Mourinho in the summer time, Carragher says it stays to be seen whether or not the former Wolves boss is the proper match for Spurs, and advises the Portuguese boss to be himself and play to his personal strengths.
“That was a bad one for Nuno. You’re never going to talk about managers after five or six games in a job.
“Nuno is an efficient supervisor, he proved that at Wolves. But I hope he’s himself in his job now. He’s seen as a realistic coach, however he wasn’t pragmatic sufficient on this recreation.
“I don’t know if that’s because he’s at Tottenham now and he’s worried that people will say he’s not on the front foot, but be yourself! It’s like [Sunday] wasn’t his type of fit.
“It does not really feel like an ideal match, I need to say that. On the again of Jose Mourinho, it nearly seems like Jose Mourinho-lite. That’s not a criticism of him: Jose has gained every little thing in the recreation.
“I had it in my profession: Roy Hodgson was and is a extremely good supervisor, however he wasn’t the proper supervisor for Liverpool. I feel the Spurs followers are considering early on now: ‘Is Nuno a Tottenham supervisor?’ That’s one thing that is still to be seen.
“He needs to bring his singings in, it’s early in the season, but my advice to Nuno and his coaching staff is to be yourself, do the job that you think is right. Whether that’s being more defensive, five at the back, do what you do well.
“Right now at the second, they’re doing nothing going ahead, however they’re additionally open and seem like they may get ripped aside each recreation. The first half was unbelievable to look at.”
Neville: What has occurred to Spurs?
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on Super Sunday:
“Arsenal had a far better application to the game, but Tottenham’s game plan looked really basic. It looked like they just wanted to knock it forward at any cost, and they were playing aimless balls forward.
“Spurs’ braveness to play, their urge for food to win the ball again and get ahead was fully completely different from what it was towards Chelsea final week, and Arsenal ran throughout them. It was a extremely poor first half.
“In the second half, you could say Harry Kane should have scored two or three goals and could have had a penalty. But Harry Kane is not right, there is something obviously not right with him at the moment, he doesn’t look happy at all.
“That’s a nasty day for Nuno and people Tottenham gamers as a result of their followers can have left the floor considering there are extra issues than simply shedding 3-1 to Arsenal.”